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SUN 10/5

Oye, it's time for the second annual Urban Latin Music Festival and you know what that means. Lots of rump-shakin', bass-thumpin' Latin and hip-hop music. All the musical bases are covered with the bachata band Aventura, Huey Dunbar doing tropical and salsa, the Spanish hip-hop of Majic Juan, Fulanito with merengue, rap group Gang Starr, R&B/hip-hop pop group Lumidee, and the Latin funky neosoul of Yerba Buena. And there will be poets performing too: Deborah Magdalena, the Prophet, Amy Baez, and Alonso. Plus, DJ Frankie Needles and the Soulfrito dance team will make sure there's nary a moment of rest onstage. But don't worry, you'll have all day to enjoy the acts. Hosted by Lala from MTV, the festival is designed to bring minority communities together through the celebration of urban and Latin culture. The festival runs from 2:00 to 11:00 p.m. at Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd. Tickets range from $20 to $50. Call 305-371-2431. -- By John Anderson

SAT 10/4 Rock and Roll Biofeedback

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The members of Radiohead can breathe a collective sigh of relief. Now that their seventh album, Hail to the Thief, is burning up record charts and a chorus of critics regularly sing hosannahs, not to mention the string of sold-out appearances, it's safe to say they are certified rock stars now. Singer Thom Yorke's trademark strained angst and dark, reeling lyrics have contributed to the band's cultlike following. Smart, bitchy, and perpetually pained, Radiohead offers a dose of en masse altrock pop psychology. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. at the Sound Advice Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansbury's Way, West Palm Beach. Tickets range from $33 to $39. Call 561-793-0445. -- By Juan Carlos RodriguezTUE 10/7 Prison Break

In and out of death rowIt's an oft-told tale: a person who spent several years in prison waiting to be put to death only to be later vindicated of the crime he or she allegedly committed, then launched back into society without so much as an apology. Playwrights Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen have heard many of those stories, interviewing 40 former death-row prisoners all over the U.S. in 2000. The couple rolled their experiences into the lauded off-Broadway play The Exonerated, which has starred a rotating cast of luminaries. Talk-show host Montel Williams and pedigreed actress Lynn Redgrave open in the show tonight at 8:00 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale). It runs through Sunday, October 19. Tickets range from $13 to $54. Call 954-462-0222. -- By Nina KormanFRI 10/3 Mixed-Up Movement

Dance troupe blends Brazil and BalanchineIt's not just the usual Balanchine program for this weekend's Miami City Ballet season opener at the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Well, yes it is, sort of. Featured is the world premiere of artistic director Edward Villella and ballroom choreographer/dance historian Frank Regan's Gismonti Brasil and the company premiere of Russian choreographer George Balanchine's Symphony in Three Movements. Inspired by Brazilian composer Egberto Gismonti's music, Gismonti Brasil is based on his Kalimba, Sete Anéis, and Em Familia pieces. Brazilian dance styles such as the samba, choro, and even the dancelike martial art capoeira influence the ballet. Balanchine's work features angular movements and walking sequences. Interestingly, the original 1972 staging featured Villella as a principal dancer. Balanchine's Allegro Brillante and Sylvia Pas de Deux are also on the program. Showtime is 8:00 p.m. Tickets range from $19.50 to $85. Call 877-929-7010. -- By Margaret Griffis

SAT 10/4 Key Compatriots

Renowned concert pianist Bennett Lerner knows composers. Some of his buddies include or have included Christopher Berg, Robert Helps, and Aaron Copland. At the Lincoln Theatre (541 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach) tonight at 8:00, Lerner will pay tribute to his cronies in a performance titled Music by My Friends. He'll pound out Berg's Tango-Meditation, Helps's Recollections, and with the aid of another chum, pianist Howard Herring, Copland's Variations on a Shaker Melody (from Appalachian Spring), to name a few pieces. Lerner has lived in Thailand for the last 13 years, but this concert will be a homecoming of sorts for him. In the audience will be his sister, Miami City Ballet honchette Toby Lerner Ansin, and his 93-year-old dad, who should be convinced by now that all those dollars thrown toward piano lessons paid off! Tickets cost $5 and $10. Call 305-673-3331. -- Nina KormanWED 10/8Jazzed

Sonorous songsterCall us cheesy, but there's no better wood than mahogany with which to compare the voice of aptly named jazz vocalist Kevin Mahogany. Strong, rich, majestic. Appearing on the scene in the 1990s, the Kansas City native gave renewed hope to fans who lamented the dwindling of great male jazz singers. At 7:45 p.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale), the Gold Coast Jazz Society welcomes Mahogany for the concert "From Motown to Broadway." Expect plenty of tunes from his acclaimed 2002 CD, Pride and Joy. Tickets range from $18 to $32. Call 954-462-0222. -- By Nina Korman

 
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